He wasn't speaking about Scotty - he was explaining why Newcastle let Nolan leave - but in the process, Pardew nailed the stupidity of the contract we offered to Parker. We don't know how much Nolan was asking for per week, but we do know now that he wanted a four or five year contract and Pardew wasn't prepared to grant a contract of that length to a 29 year old midfielder. Why? Pards can explain:
"My opinion is that we couldn't give Kevin a five-year contract because if Kevin isn't playing first-team football, he isn't going to be the leader that we want, I am convinced of that.
"Kevin is so full-on as the captain of a football club and at the level he has gone to now, he will easily cope with that and he will come back to the Premier League.
"But in four or five years' time, Kevin needs to be doing the business in the first team, and we couldn't and I couldn't see that possibly happening here at Newcastle, and we had to make a decision on that."
Just substitute the word Scotty in for Kevin and it is job done isn't it? Why are we struggling to find a taker for the "Player of the Year"? Because no other club wants to commit to the bloody silly money we have promised to pay him until he is well in to his football dotage.
I said it was crazy at the time and so it is proving.